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Kagan enthusiastically supports educators wanting to share the power of Kagan with fellow educators. However, to share Kagan intellectual property, educators must comply with Kagan's policies and copyright laws. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Copyright Policy

Kagan Policies for Intellectual Property Rights

Kagan Professional Development is committed to excellence. Kagan has invested tremendous time and resources in the research, development, and dissemination of Kagan Structures and intellectual property. In order to ensure the highest quality trainings, to maximize success for implementation, to continue to develop, refine, and disseminate Kagan’s powerful approach to teaching, and to protect the Kagan name and reputation, it is incumbent upon Kagan to strictly enforce—and take legal measures if necessary—to protect its intellectual property rights. Kagan’s Intellectual Property Policies have been developed in consultation with the Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear Law Firm.

Part I: Protected Professional Development Services

A. Permitted Use of Kagan Structures and Content
Professional development in the Kagan approach is designed to improve teachers’ skills. Teachers attending Kagan workshops are welcome to use the Kagan methodology to teach their own students in their own classes. Sharing Kagan with other teachers is encouraged within specific guidelines, but sharing beyond the permitted guidelines without Kagan Certification may constitute a copyright violation.

B. For-Profit Professional Development
Kagan licenses its courses and intellectual property to professional development organizations and universities whose instructors have been trained and certified by Kagan. Teaching Kagan theory, methods, and Structures to others in the form of staff development, workshops, trainings, courses, and seminars on a for-profit basis without a license agreement with Kagan is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution and damages. If your organization is interested in offering Kagan courses for a fee, please contact Kagan for licensing and franchise information.

C. Guidelines for Educator Who Are Not Certified Kagan Trainers
Educators who wish to share Kagan with others, but have not been certified by Kagan may do so on a limited basis only with prior written permission from Kagan. Any use of Kagan copyrighted content without prior written permission from Kagan is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution.

D. Guidelines for Certified School Trainers
Certified Kagan School Trainers may conduct Kagan trainings at one school only, selected by the School Trainer at time of certification. Certified Kagan School Trainers must use the required training materials. Kagan’s training materials are designed to increase the quality of the training as well as avoid copyright infractions. The following guidelines describe the materials required for consecutive or cumulative hours.

Under 1.5 Hours. A single overview session under 1.5 hours is permitted without any special permission from Kagan.

Over 1.5 Hours. The following book and course workbook are required:

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  • Book: Kagan Cooperative Learning
  • Workbook: Kagan Cooperative Learning 5-Day Course Workbook

Click Here to learn more about becoming a Certified Kagan Trainer.

E. Free Catalogs
When presenting Kagan courses or Kagan content, Kagan requests that you provide each participant a Kagan Publishing and Professional Development catalog. Call Kagan at 1.800.933.2667 for free catalogs click here.

Part II. Protected Publications and Materials

A. Copies for Classroom Use
A teacher may make copies of the intended handout/blackline pages on any book published by Kagan provided that the teacher is the original purchaser of the book and the copies are intended solely for his or her own classroom use. Purchasers may not duplicate or distribute any other products or material without prior written permission from Kagan. Requests to become an alternative source for Kagan materials will be denied. Schools and districts may not purchase a single copy of a book and allow more than one teacher to make copies. To do so, the school or district must purchase a multi-user license.

B. Copies for Workshops or Courses
If you wish to provide participants handout pages or use slides of Kagan content or Structures for any training, you must request permission from Kagan.

C. Protected Products
Copies of software, videos, manipulative kits, music, and SmartCards are not permitted under any circumstances. Requests for copying portions of a product or publication that constitute the core of the product will likely be denied. Requests to copy a product in its majority or entirety will likely be denied.

D. Translations and Derivative Works
If you wish to include numerous Kagan Structures or a substantial amount of Kagan content in a publication or product, please contact Kagan for licensing information. Similarly, contact Kagan for foreign language rights to Kagan publications and products.

E. Tips on "Fair Use"
Many U.S. school districts, universities and other non-commercial organizations apply guidelines for "fair use" copying of copyrighted materials. Indeed, these are the very guidelines that Kagan applies when copying others' copyrighted materials, and we urge all non-commercial copiers to adopt them, too. To ensure you are within the guidelines of fair use, Kagan requests that you submit your requests to Kagan and secure permission prior to copying or distributing Kagan’s intellectual property.

Part III. Requesting Permission

All completed permission request forms can be emailed to

A. Permission for Professional Development Services
Presentation and Handout Material Limits. Educators may only use a total of 5 pages of Kagan copyrighted materials in handouts and 5 transparencies or PowerPoint slides, including a maximum of 2 Kagan Structures. Each page and slide or transparency with Kagan copyrighted Structures or content must include the appropriate citation on each page. Each Structure must cite the source (e.g., Numbered Heads Together (Kagan)).

Training Duration Limit. You may train up to a maximum of one and a half (1.5) hours on Kagan content and structures, with a maximum training of two (2) Kagan Structures. The 1.5 hour time limit is cumulative. For example, you may not train 1.5 hours on Monday, 1.5 hours on Tuesday; similarly, you may not teach two structures one week, two structures the next week.

Presentation Resources. All professional development permission requests must include the PowerPoint and/or handout resource. Within the handout and/or PowerPoint, please be sure to include the proper reference naming Kagan as the original source. Click here for proper citations for permissions requests. Resources can be emailed to

PDF iconClick here to download Kagan Professional Development Permission Request Form.

B. Reprints or Adaptations for Publication
Publications include but are not limited to: a book, product, training workbook, Internet, PDF, presentation, video, course guide, school or district staff publication, newsletter, article.

Limits. Each request will be independently evaluated. Kagan generally allows up to five (5) pages of Kagan content including a maximum of two (2) structures to be reprinted or adapted free of charge. Duplication of a substantial body of work will certainly be denied, however may be allowed under a negotiated written royalty agreement.

Kagan Articles. Permission must be requested to duplicate, adapt, or distribute Kagan Articles. Please include the article title and the intended use of the article in your request. No permission is required to provide a link to Kagan's article section or to a specific Kagan article within Kagan's Website.

If you are adapting Kagan content for your publication, you must submit ALL portions of the adapted content as it will appear in the publication.

PDF iconClick here to download the Kagan Publication/Product Permission Request Form.

Part IV. Required Citations

A. Structure Names
Each time a Kagan Structure is used by name, it shall utilize Kagan's spelling, capitalization compound-wording and hyphenation and also incorporate a citation, such as this: Quiz-Quiz-Trade (Kagan, 2009)

B. Page Citation for Adapted Materials
Each page that uses or adapts a Kagan Structure or other copyrighted content shall include a citation such as this:

Source: This material has been adapted with permission PENDING from Kagan Publishing & Professional Development from the following book: Kagan, Spencer & Kagan, Miguel. Kagan Cooperative Learning. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing, 2009. 1.800.933.2667.
The word "PENDING" may be removed from the citation if written permission is granted by Kagan.

C. Page Citation for Copied Materials
Each copied page of a Kagan book must include the original source and a citation such as this:

Source: This page has been copied with permission PENDING from Kagan Publishing & Professional Development from the following book: Kagan, Spencer & Kagan, Miguel. Kagan Cooperative Learning. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing, 2009. 1.800.933.2667.
The word "PENDING" may be removed from the citation if written permission is granted by Kagan.

D. Citations for Transparencies and PowerPoint Slides
Each transparency or PowerPoint slide with copied or adapted material must include the appropriate citation above for copied or adapted materials respectively.

E. Bibliography or References
If the Kagan Structure or other copyrighted content is copied or adapted within a work that has a section for Bibliography, References, Resources, or Works Cited, etc., that section shall include a citation of the source. Please note that each of the citations modeled above may be edited to follow any accepted style of documentation; i.e., APA, Chicago, MLA, etc. For example:

Kagan, Spencer & Kagan, Miguel. (2009). Kagan Cooperative Learning. San Clemente, CA: Kagan Publishing.